Traditional United States, arr. Meagan Johnson
Four-part women’s chorus and upright bass.
A barn-burner from the American Old-Time genre, rooted in the music of the Appalachian region, which was heavily populated by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland. “Shady Grove” is the name of the beloved woman; “back to Harlan” most likely refers to Harlan county, Kentucky, a center of the coal-mining industry and, later, the union movement in the American South.
Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall,
If I can’t have the girl I love, won’t have none at all
Refrain: Shady Grove, my true love, Shady Grove my darlin’,
Shady Grove, my true love, I’m goin’ back to Harlan.
Wish I had a banjo, strung with golden twine,
With ev’ry note I’d pick on it, I’d wish that girl was mine.
A kiss from lovely Shady Grove is sweet as brandy wine.
There ain’t no girl in this whole world as beautiful as mine.
Some come here to fiddle and dance, some come here to tarry,
Some come here to fiddle and dance, I come here to marry (my true love, Shady Grove my darlin’).
Fly around my blue-eyed girl, fly around my daisy,
Fly around my blue-eyed girl, nearly drive me crazy.
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